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The group consists of:

  • Prof PJ Meintjes
  • Dr B van Soelen
  • Dr HJ van Heerden
  • Dr A Odendaal
  • Dr A Rajoelimanana (Postdoc)
  • Dr R Britto (Postdoc)
  • Mr J Maritz (PhD student)
  • Ms H Szegedi (MSc student)
  • Ms M Nyamai (MSc student)
  • Mr IP van der Westhuizen (MSc student)
  • Mr JP Marais (MSc student)

The research focus of the group is:

  • Multi-wavelength studies of high energy and very high energy sources – Galactic and Extra-Galactic.
  • The group is part of the H.E.S.S. Collaboration and CTA Collaboration.
  • Prof PJ Meintjes is one of the research group leaders of the H.E.S.S. Collaboration studying gamma-ray sources.
  • Dr B van Soelen is the optical coordinator for the H.E.S.S. Collaboration.
  • Multi-wavelength studies of transient emissions from accretion driven sources using MeerKAT.
  • Research using multiple instruments, such as SALT, SAAO 1.9 m Spectroscopy, Boyden, XMM-Newton, Chandra, Swift, Fermi and AGILE.
  • Theoretical modelling trying to explain observational data.

Programmes available:

  • Full three-year Astrophysics BSc degree.
  • BSc Honours in Astrophysics.
  • MSc Astrophysics.
  • PhD Astrophysics.


Faculty Manager: Ms Lee-Ann Frazenburg
T: +27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Mrs Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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